Leadership

Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org is recognized as the national leader for child safety as it relates to the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with an in-depth specialty regarding events that take place off public roads and highways; most commonly referred to as nontraffic incidents.

Ms. Fennell has testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the “Auto Safety: Existing Mandates and Emerging Issues” hearing in Washington, DC on May 18, 2009; and has also testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection for the “Reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration” in Washington, DC on June 23, 2005 regarding vehicular safety for children.

The Power of Survivor Advocacy: Making Car Trunks Escapable” and “Channeling Grief into Policy Change, Survivor Advocacy for Injury Prevention” were publications both coauthored by Ms. Fennell.  She is regularly sought out to present at national conferences. 

Ms. Fennell brings to the injury prevention field another valuable point of view. Her twenty years of experience in sales management, marketing and training while working for Eastman Kodak Company and Helene Curtis has been extremely valuable to bring a business perspective to the business of saving children’s lives.

As the leading expert in the nontraffic field, Ms. Fennell is sought out and often appears on national media platforms such as Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, OPRAH, NPR, the TODAY Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN, ABC Nightly News, Court TV, ABC-Primetime, The Learning Channel, MSNBC, Inside Edition, ABCNews.com, FOX, NBC Nightly News, Nancy Grace, Lifetime and numerous radio talk shows other programs.

The USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Public Citizen News, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Consumer Reports, San Jose Mercury News, Star Tribune, Times Herald Record, Kansas City Star and many other periodicals regularly call on Ms. Fennell for background information, statistics, emerging trends and initiatives about child safety for children involved in nontraffic incidents in and around motor vehicles.

Magazines such as People, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Parents, Parenting and many others have written feature articles about Ms. Fennell’s tireless work to protect children.

Representatives/volunteers with KidsAndCars.org exhibit at safety fairs, schools and other community events in order to educate parents, caregivers and other safety professionals about these dangers. KidsAndCars.org also exhibits annually at the national safety conference on highway and auto safety, Lifesavers.

A few highlights about significant KidsAndCars.org’s accomplishments: